Nov 25, 2015

Ultimate Filterloop Challenge for Photographers and iPhoneographers

The creators of the Filterloop app would like to announce their Ultimate Challenge for Photographers and iPhoneographers. Here are the details:

  • Beginning December 2, 2015, post a photo on Instagram which best reflects your style and tag it #filterloopchallenge on Instagram. Any apps and editing tools can be used (Filterloop does not have to be used). Each entrant can add up to 3 photos. The deadline is 1:00 a.m. PST, December 17, 2015.

  • Filterloop chooses a winner

  • The winner creates a pack of filters using tools like Lightroom or Photoshop

  • Filterloop adds the pack to the Filterloop app along with the winner’s name and a link to his/her portfolio

  • Several runners-up get a chance to create three, two, or one filter for a special pack dedicated to the challenge

  • You get featured in a popular photo app and your filters are used by thousands of iPhoneographers

Filterloop is available FREE on The App Store

Nov 24, 2015

Giveaway - Red Dot Camera Full Version and Announcing Free Version Release

In September, I ran a giveaway for the newly released Red Dot Camera app, inspired by the Leica M. The makers of Red Dot Camera have just released a FREE version that you can download today to try before you buy the paid version.  If you missed out on that September giveaway I also have five more promo codes for the full paid version to give away. 

Download the FREE version here.

Sign up for the giveaway for the full version by leaving a comment on this post. Winners will be chosen by random draw on November 29, 2015 12 noon PST.

Press Release:

Looking for a free iPhone camera app with the look and feel of a professional manual camera? Red Dot Camera is the first camera app to bring rangefinder-style manual focus and exposure features to iOS, taking creative mobile photography to the next level.

Inspired by the retro craftsmanship of the classic Leica M camera series, Red Dot Camera brings your images to life with unrivaled quality and without the interference of gimmicky filters.

Featuring four basic settings - ISO, Speed, Exposure Compensation, and Focus - Red Dot excels in delivering a retro photography experience coupled with exceptional image capture quality.

Key Features:

**Rangefinder-Style Manual Focusing**
Focus in with precision using a magnified patch at the center of the viewfinder to capture the perfect image.

**Manual ISO Control**
High ISO settings generate more image noise. By letting you set the ISO value manually, Red Dot Camera allows you to capture sharper and clearer images.

**Manual Shutter Speed Control**
Adjust the shutter speed manually to achieve the effect of longer exposures (car headlights, water, etc.), or to capture shots of fast action.

**Display Frame Lines (28mm, 35mm, 50mm)**
The iPhone lens has a fixed focal length of 28mm, but Red Dot Camera shows frame lines that simulate those of a 35mm and 50mm lens, just like the Leica M rangefinder.

Take a group picture or self-shot by setting the auto-timer to one of three countdown settings.

**Black & White Mode**
Switch to black and white and capture your image in classic coloration.

The only difference between this free Red Dot version and Red Dot premium is a logo applied to the corner of each one of your pictures. So go ahead and download Red Dot Camera free, and if you love the experience, simply upgrade in-app and start sharing and archiving your snaps without the watermark. 

Whether you’re a creative camera enthusiast or a photography student, you’ll be amazed at how Red Dot Camera enables you to take sharper, better-exposed, professional quality photos from your iPhone.

Download Red Dot Camera free and start using your iPhone to shoot the way legendary photographers like Henry Cartier Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Diane Arbus, and Walker Evans did with their Leica cameras. 

Nov 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY!!! DrySåk | The Perfect Waterproof Bag for Your Gear!

Recently my oldest son Nick introduced me to a new venture that he's been working on for quite some time - DrySåk, a rugged waterproof dry bag for storing your gear during water sports and other outdoor activities.

He offered to sponsor a GIVEAWAY (one 10 L size in your color choice) for one lucky Art of Mob reader. I'm sure this will come in handy when toting around your iPhone and other gear. If you're not the lucky winner, you can still get a 10% discount - keep reading to find out how!

What is DrySåk? 

NN:  DrySåk is a line of roll down style, premium waterproof dry bags created to protect gear and belongings from the elements.

Why did you create the line?

NN:  For many years I have used roll-down style dry bags. My work in Utila, Honduras finds part of my daily commute on a boat, and these type of bags are particularly helpful keeping my stuff dry. Despite loving the concept of these bags, I found myself constantly wishing that they had an outside splash-proof pocket so that I could have quick access to a few essential items (keys, wallet, ID etc.) without having to open up the bag and rummage through all of my things. Your readers that have used these style bags will understand what I mean. One day after complaining about this to myself I decided to to take action and produce my ideal dry bag...

What features set your bag apart from those on the market already?

NN:  I think the splash-proof zipper pocket is the real differentiator between DrySåk and the other bags on the market. It's a simple addition that adds a lot of functionality in my opinion. We also added a reflective trim around the zipper pocket that helps you spot your bag at night if it were to fall overboard (they float by the way), or helps spot the person wearing it at night. We are also committed to using high quality materials and quality controls to ensure our DrySåks are strong and durable.

How much gear can DrySåk hold?

NN:  Presently we offer 2 sizes; 10 Liter and 20 Liter volumes. The 10L bag holds as much as a regular sized purse or man bag and measures about 12” high and 8” in diameter when full and closed. The 20L bag will hold as much as a regular sized backpack or beach bag and measures about 18” high and 10” in diameter when full and closed.

Besides the obvious places like a boat or the beach, what other activities would be perfect for DrySåk?

NN:  Well DrySåk protects gear from water but also from mud, dust, ice and snow so it’s really handy for any sort of activity where you want to keep your things protected from the elements. DrySåk is a great place to store wet or soiled clothes or shoes while traveling, after a day at the beach or a trail hike. DrySåk can be used as a collapsible, portable bucket; since they are water tight they can hold water, ice and drinks on the go. Or you can use DrySåk as a pillow, just fill it to the desired volume with something soft like clothes or towels, close and voilà!

Is additional protection required for a mobile device, camera or other equipment that is placed inside the DrySåk?

NN:  With any sort of sensitive electronics or other gear we always recommend secondary protection, particularly for situations where your DrySåk might become fully submerged underwater. Your items are most vulnerable when opening and closing the bag in wet conditions, so personally, I keep my cellphone in a ziplock bag as a backup.

What colors are available? Why did you select those colors?

NN:  Presently we are offering DrySåk in yellow and grey. We choose these 2 colors because they are pretty heat reflective, and in the case of the yellow, easy to spot. A nice dark colored dry bag might look aesthetically appealing but it will cook your gear like an oven after a day in the sun.

Any plans for expanding the line?

NN:  Yes! We have several products in the pipeline, including an ultra lightweight version of DrySåk which will be available in time for the holidays.

Where can DrySåk be purchased?

NN:  Right now we offer DrySåk exclusively through, you can find our listing here. For PRIME members we offer FREE 2-day shipping.

Is there anything you'd like to add?

NN:  I’d like to offer your readers a discount code for 10% off their DrySåk order, just use the code
ARTOFMOB on or before November 30, 2015 at checkout and the discount will automatically be applied. (Regular Retail Price: 10 L $19.95 US, 20L $24.95 US)

To Enter the Giveaway, just leave a comment below - winner will be chosen by random draw on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 12 noon PST. 

Nov 22, 2015

Kickstarter Campaign - The Magic of LifePrint with Augmented Reality

One of the cool things about blogging at Art of Mob is that I get contacted by the creators of iPhone related gadgets and accessories. When I was approached about LifePrint and introduced to their Kickstarter page I actually said, "WOW!" Not many products provoke that response. I figured if it provided the Wow factor for me, it would be of interest to Art of Mob readers as well. Robert Macauley was kind enough to take some time out from his campaign to answer a few of my questions.

Augmented Reality with LifePrint

What is your affiliation with LifePrint? 

RM:  I’m the founder of the company and the head of product development.

Nov 21, 2015

iPhone Photo Leads to Cancer Diagnosis

Hopefully I got your attention with that headline. For years I had a red spot on my leg that wasn't going away. I had it checked about fifteen years ago when it first appeared and after getting it cut out, the doctor said it was non-malignant and nothing to worry about. It looked and felt like there was still something there, but since they said not to worry...I didn't.

About 1/2" in diameter
A few months ago the spot began to look bigger but because it was on my lower leg I couldn't see it very well, so I decided to take a photo with my iPhone so that I could look at it up close on my computer screen.

It looked very suspicious to me so after a visit to both my primary care physician and dermatologist I found out it is squamous cell carcinoma and needs to be removed.

I foolishly ignored the advice to wear sunscreen everyday in my earlier years and now sadly it looks like it has caught up with me. I'm using this platform to remind everyone to be wise so you won't be sorry later.

Nov 16, 2015

Mob Paint No. 46

Many places are experiencing the autumn season right now - perhaps that is why I was drawn to all of the images with rich fall tones. Even as a child it was my favorite time of year and I even penned this poem in elementary school which I still remember:

Fall my favorite time of year
Let's me know that winter is near
The bright colored leaves high in the trees
Fall with a rhythm in the breeze. 
~ geri centonze (circa 1962)

There are so many possibilities to create with a mobile device. Just have a look at all of the images below created by manipulating photographs on a phone or tablet. (When available I have listed the apps used by the artist).

This is only a sampling of the talent in the Mob Paint Flickr Group - stop by and have a look! And if you like to edit your mobile photos in a painterly fashion, please join the group - we'd love to have you.

Michael Trombley
Michael Trombley

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